Definition of oligarch
: a member or supporter of an oligarchy
Recent Examples of oligarch from the Web
The oligarch, whose business empire spans from mining to media, heads the International Fencing Federation and is a minority shareholder in the Arsenal football club in the English Premier League.
The oligarchs of the Putin era, on the other hand, are themselves assets of the state, administering business fiefdoms that also happen to pay handsomely.
Sberbank and VEB, Gorkov's two banks, have been critical to the Russian economy, but have also engaged in high-profile bailouts of Russian companies, including those owned by favored oligarchs.
Because Dan Gilbert has been cornered into spending into a luxury-tax stratosphere previously reserved only for the irrationality of a Russian oligarch.
Mr. Manafort has denied that his work for the oligarch was aimed at aiding the Russian government.
Malta Files reporting has also exposed offshoring schemes of the Italian mafia, a Russian billionaire’s payday loan empire, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, soccer stars, and yacht-owning European oligarchs, among others.
A not inconsiderable point: A disproportionate number of the oligarchs are Jewish.
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Origin and Etymology of oligarch
Greek oligarchēs, from olig- + -archēs -arch
First Known Use: circa 1610See Words from the same year
OLIGARCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oligarch for English Language Learners
: a person who belongs to a small group of people who govern or control a country, business, etc.
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